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What is the Catholic view of Matthew 18:20 in this technology age?

Matthew 18:20 (NET): For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. There is so much technology now. Does the Catholic Church have a view on whether or not it has to be a ...
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How does Protestantism explain Matthew 18:20 in this technology age? [duplicate]

Is Christ Jesus talking about a literal physical gathering of two or more? How does the Church explain Matthew 18:20 (NET) in this technology age? For where two or three gather in my name, there ...
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Is the Roman Catholic understanding of forgiveness different from the Protestant understanding?

Recently I read Simon Wiesenthal's book, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, and I was challenged to flesh out my understanding of forgiveness. There were aspects which I ...
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Is life hereditary?

When a baby is born, in many cases the baby will be born already breathing, and in some cases even crying. According to Genesis man did not come to life until God breathed the breath of life into ...
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What is the basis for faith not being an emotion or feeling? [closed]

What does Protestantism say? I have heard don't make your bible decisions on your feelings, use your brain, have faith. Am I to understand faith is not a feeling nor an emotion? I looked here and ...
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How does the Filioque affect Reformed Protestant theology?

In the past, extremely influential Eastern theologians (Photius the Great, Mark of Ephesus, etc.) have rejected the Filioque on important theological grounds. Likewise, the Latin Catholic church ...
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Which scriptures are used to justify ignoring feelings?

Having attended a number of churches, at least one of which claimed to be 'non-denominational,' I have been subjected to listening to this teaching, which I have seen used to try to convince people ...
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How does Western Christian theology explain the doctrine of the Filioque within the context of the Old Testament?

I'm doing a pseudo-superficial scriptural study of the Nicene-Constantinopalitan Creed and how it differs from the Latin addition of the Filioque. The Caroligian theologians mainly used the Gospel of ...
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Does the flesh of the peace offering get offered to women?

During the Laws for the sin offering in Lev Chapter 7, which Jesus replaced by his own sacrifice. A limitation for the actual food was given for only the Men to eat of it. Every male among the ...
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Title of Christ?

I was at Bible Study the other night where we watched the new Bible Series that was aired on TV. Someone had asked a question (sorry I forget what), and my Pastor responded by saying something along ...
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What is the basis for First Communion?

I understand that Catholics practice First Communion for kids. What is the basis for this practice in the Catholic church? What is the proper age?
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Why is Christianity so despised in the World? [closed]

Since its inception, Christianity has been ill received through out the world. This is true not only of people, but of Governments as well. It is easy to understand why the Sanhedrin was so opposed ...
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Can you give air-kisses to icons in the Eastern Orthodox church instead of physical kisses?

Can you give air-kisses to icons in the Eastern Orthodox church instead of physical kisses? I was reading this website, which teaches church etiquette to church-going Christians. The website seems to ...
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How many of each species went onto the Ark?

"The animals went in two-by-two, hurrah, hurrah!" - we're taught this nursery rhyme from a young age, and go throughout life believing that one male, and one female of each species was present on the ...
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Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe? [closed]

In light of the following news: Pope Francis has replaced a German bishop whose $43 million new residence complex sparked outrage among Catholics. I think the German bishop did that on ...
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What does it mean when God 'hardens' a heart?

I love the answer in this question regarding God giving us free will saying : "..and without choice, there can be no true obedience, or true love, only mindless followers with no will of their own." ...
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What is the theology behind bodily relics? [on hold]

In the Middle Ages body parts of saints were often put on display and pilgrims would visit them. There are still some on display to this day. What was the original theology justifying taking them? ...
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Genesis 30: 25-43 defying genetics

Genesis 30: 25-43 is the story about Jacob's flock increasing by making streaks on Laban's goats using wood branches, so that "they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were ...
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Why does Jesus say “Why have you forsaken me?” [duplicate]

Why does Jesus say "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" This is from the ESV version. It just seems so out of character.
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If there is only one God, why are there so many different religions? [closed]

If there is only one God, then why is there so many "different" religions an beliefs about the "same" God?
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Why is the line from Seth to Noah often called righteous?

The line of descendants from Seth to Noah is often called righteous, in comparison to Cain's descendants who are called evil. This comes up when discussing Methuselah who although he died in the year ...
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Where did the notion that Adam and Eve ate an APPLE come from?

Contrary to popular belief no mention of the fruit being an apple can be found in the Book of Genesis. Jewish commentaries recorded in the Midrash Rabbah speculate that the tree might have been a ...
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Why are the men of Genesis so old? Were the dating systems just different? Are all of these old ages supposed to have symbolic meaning? [duplicate]

Genesis 5:3-32 ESV spends a great deal of time describing the age of the men in Adam's lineage through Seth. Why are the men of Genesis so old? Were the dating systems just different? Are all of ...
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Why does a clever Satan fight with God even though he knows he will lose? [duplicate]

There was war in heaven (oh yes there was) and Satan lost his place in heaven when he was defeated. What biblical reason is there to show Satan's reasoning behind fighting with God (despite the fact ...
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Why are we given details about what the descendants of Cain did? Is there special significance to these details?

Genesis 4 discusses the descendants of Cain: "Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. To Enoch ...
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What is the mark placed on Cain?

"And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him." Genesis 4:15 ESV What is the mark placed on Cain?
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Did God's curse on Cain extend to only Cain, Cain's descendants or to everyone?

When God cursed Cain for killing Abel, did that curse extend to Cain's offspring, to Cain alone, or to everyone? God tells Cain: "And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth ...
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Is the tree of “knowledge of good and evil” the same as the “tree of life”?

Is there one off-limits tree in the Garden of Eden or two? Genesis speaks of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17) and then later talks of the tree of life (Genesis 3:22). Are they the ...
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What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden?

What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden, mentioned in Genesis (English Standard Version Bible)? Do they all correspond to actual rivers today? I know the 3rd, ...
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Crisis of faith [closed]

I have been a practicing Roman Catholic since I was a child. I am now 42 and I have two children--both of whom are receiving their sacraments. We are more recently infrequent church-goers. I am a ...
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How many copies of the Bible are there per capita?

How many Bibles are in existence, at libraries, warehouses, bookstores, etc.? Also, how many are being produced annually? I am primarily interested in the United States, but a worldwide figure would ...
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If flesh & blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God how did the Lord Jesus show His “hands and feet” after the resurrection?

As blood and flesh can't inherit the King of God, how Lord Jesus could be resurrected with same blood and flesh, I mean He showed his hands and feet to disciple Luke 24:39. Or Is that meaning He was ...
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“Holy Spirit” vs “Holy Ghost”

Is there any difference between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost meaning? When should we use Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? BTW, Wikipedia says: Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is a term found in English ...
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Is Jesus talking about supererogatory merit in Matt 5:38-48? i.e. earning a reward rather than sin

I know the word "merit" will send up red flags for Protestants, but what I mean has nothing to do with justification. By supererogatory merit I mean doing something not required, and doing it for the ...
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Know any Bible verses on 'faith,' 'knowledge' or what it means to 'believe'? [duplicate]

I was assigned to present a paper on epistemology, which is the philosophy of truth, knowledge and belief, and to convey it on the terms of my judgment. I am blessed to have a professor who encourages ...
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What did Jesus mean by “this generation will certainly not pass away..” in Matthew 24:34?

Matthew 24:34 says "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.". I am a Christian, and it is my duty to seek out truth, not plainly ...
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What is meant by a new heaven and new earth? [closed]

I often hear people talking about going to heaven but it seems more like we are destined for a new earth.. From my understanding in John's revelation, the afterlife consists of a new heavens and a ...
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How do YECs respond to the lack of non-Christian buy-in to their “creation science”?

The history of science is full of cases where a new, sound scientific theory didn't catch on right away, and was ridiculed by the scientific community, sometimes for decades or centuries, before ...
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What is the Christian view on Breatharianism? [closed]

What is the Christian view on Breatharianism? I see a from of denying the flesh, and a couple verses popped in my head while learning about this. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your ...
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What exactly did Pope Gregory the Great mean by “Universal Bishop?”

In the 6th Century, Pope St. Gregory the Great wrote this: "I say it without the least hesitation, whoever calls himself the universal bishop, or desires this title, is, by his pride, the ...
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Does anyone have a good definition of “Evangelical”? [duplicate]

I know the word itself means "of or related to the gospel." That's not what I'm talking about. I mean, when the term is used to refer to a subset of Christians, what are the characteristics being ...
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Does any church still provide a pension for widows?

In First Timothy there is a passage that talks about widows receiving a pension from the church: 1 Timothy 5 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, ...
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Were the Christians meant to be of a society all of their own? [closed]

In the purest form of Christian perspective. Were the Christians meant to be of a society all of their own? In first John I find a reference to describe an anti-christ as one who goes away from the ...
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Can we at some point take on a Divine Nature?

"Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." ...
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What is the significance of Luke 22:44 where Christ's sweat was as great drops of blood in the garden of Gethsemane while he prayed?

In the Luke 22:44 of the New Testament in the Holy Bible it informs about Jesus Christ's experience while he was in the Garden of Gethsemane. During a time when an angel visits him to strengthen him ...
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What is the Difference between a Heretic and a Schismatic, according Catholic and Orthodox tradition?

(This question is aimed at the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox perspective only) What is the difference between a heretic and a schismatic, and what are the soteriological consequences of each?
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Did Christ Jesus make Peter walk on water?

Did Peter literally walk on water by his own faith or did Christ Jesus make that miracle happen? Matthew 14:29 NET So he said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came ...
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All is vanity in the Book of Ecclesiastes

If Solomon claimed that All is vanity in this earth in the Book of Ecclesiastes, what's our purpose of living our lives on this earth?
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What do Christians do on a Fasting day besides worshipping?

While Christians fast, do they only focus on worshipping God (such as bible reading and praying)? If they involve in any other activity besides worshipping God, would fasting be inefficient? What did ...

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